The Essential Work of Caregiving Across Communities

August 1, 2017 — “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” ~Rosalynn Carter As former First Lady Rosalynn Carter so aptly expressed, caregiving is a universal truth. At some time, we will find ourselves as... Read More

The Chair’s Corner

August 1, 2017 — In our culture today, people are bustling about with packed schedules, constantly checking their electronic devices for the latest news and updates while embracing instant gratification as the norm. This pace can be both mentally and physically exhausting whether we acknowledge it or not. With all the technology at our fingertips to make our lives... Read More

Public Hearing – 2018 ADS Discretionary Allocation Recommendations and Draft Area Plan Update

July 21, 2017 — A public review and comment period is scheduled for July 20 to August 2, 2017 for the attached draft documents: 2018 Discretionary Allocations Recommendations developed by our Advisory Council Planning and Allocations Committee 2018-2019 Aging and Disability Services Area Plan The Public Comment Memorandum may be reviewed for further details about this process. During the... Read More

What’s the Big Deal about Social Participation?

July 11, 2017 — Who among us hasn’t known someone who, as they grew older, became increasingly withdrawn? She or he may have said they liked living alone. He or she may have had any number of reasons why getting out and connecting with other people was not going to happen. Those who love them worry, and there’s good... Read More

Is End-of-Life Planning Age Friendly?

July 11, 2017 — Does end-of-life education belong in an age-friendly community’s effort?  Most people don’t use the words “friendly” next to “death” or “dying.” Although, if we agree that we live right up until the moment we die, then it’s natural to include projects in a livable community’s initiative that educate people of all ages on the components... Read More

Wired to Be One

July 11, 2017 — Recently I visited the Lake City Seniors as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with older adults. He was there to receive input on ways to make Seattle an age-friendly city—where people can grow up and grow old together—while helping our older adults thrive as they age. As part of the entourage and as designated note-taker, I walked... Read More

Swedish Optimal Aging Helps Older Adults Stay at Home

July 11, 2017 — As the aging population grows across the United States, Swedish is developing services that make it easier for older adults to stay in charge of their own health. For many, that equates to staying in their own homes. According to AARP, adult children are the single greatest source of in-home care for older adults in the United... Read More

Village Members Create Supportive Communities

July 11, 2017 — There’s an exciting do-it-yourself movement across the country driven by older people creating supportive communities, called villages. They provide choices for people to stay independent, active, and connected, and to live where they choose. Two hundred virtual villages for elders have sprung up since 2002—with 150 more in development. We have three villages in the... Read More

What are Adult Day Services in Washington State?

July 11, 2017 — Adult day services are community-based daytime programs that have existed for nearly 70 years and consist of adult day care and adult day health. Yale Psychiatric Hospital developed the first adult day program in 1949 to serve primarily as a community resource for successful discharges from the psychiatric hospital. When Medicare and Medicaid were enacted... Read More

Area Agency on Aging Welcomes Cathy Knight

July 11, 2017 — On May 31, 2017, Cathy Knight joined the Human Services Department as director of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. Cathy had been the state director for the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A). For the past 11 years, she has coordinated policy and legislative advocacy... Read More